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John Lennon was a great song writer and musician. He played the rhythm
guitar, the piano, and sang. He was in the most popular group in the history of
rock music. In 1959, John founded this group, called The Beatles.
The original Beatles were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison,
and Pete Best.
Brian Epstein became the manager of the Beatles in 1961. Epstein made
many changes in the group. John rebelled and did not want to "package" and
"clean up" the group in order to please fans. These changes were made anyway
despite John's protests.
The Beatles had signed a contract with EMI records and were beginning to
record with them. On August 16, 1962, Pete Best, the drummer was suddenly fired
from the group. Ringo Starr was inducted into the Beatles two days after Best
John Lennon and Paul McCartney shared the credit of songs written by
either one of them. The credit simply read Lennon-McCartney. The two as song
writers were a perfect mix. John had a quick artistic sense and he was easily
excited by new challenges, he projected a sarcastic and rebellious tough-guy
personality, who was actually a vulnerable romantic. While Paul projected the
sweet image and who was underneath an injured, controlling, perfectionist.
By 1964, The Beatles arrived at JFK Airport. They were greeted with
mass hysteria. Two days later, more than 73 million people watched them perform
live on the Ed Sullivan Show. Four weeks later, The Beatles held the top five
music singles in America at the same time.
John was influenced by many things in 1965-1966 such as psychedelia,
marijuana, and Bob Dylan. Many felt that these years were the best song writing
years of John Lennon's life.
1966---The Beatles had been touring for over four years, and they,
especially John were tired of it. John wanted to spend more time with his wife,
Cynthia, and his song, Julian. At one time, they had to do 32 concerts in 19
days. On their next album, Beatles For Sale, the material reflected how unhappy
John and Paul were with life on the road. Songs like "I'm a Loser" and "No
Reply" spoke of depression and the frenzy of life in the spotlight. John once
said, "It's like we're four freaks being wheeled out to be seen, shake our hair
about, and get back into our cage afterwards."
The Beatles felt that they needed to work only ...
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